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What are digital health technologies?

What are digital health technologies?

Digital health technologies comprise a wide range of products used in the health and social care system, including apps, software and online platforms that are intended to benefit people or the wider health and social care system. They may be standalone or combined with other products such as medical devices or diagnostic tests.

Digital health technologies have the potential to empower people, allow more convenient care, reduce numbers of appointments, and help people who may be isolated from standard care. They are often highly scalable with low costs.

For the purposes of the evidence standards framework, digital versions of medical textbooks, teaching aids or similar resources are not considered to be digital health technologies.

The evidence standards framework is designed to be used for digital health technologies that are being considered for commissioning in the UK health and social care system.

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